Walter V. Addiego

Walter V. Addiego

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 45% Adult Beginners (2015) " "Adult Beginners" has enough going on to work as a mostly unchallenging time-passer, and nothing more. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2/4 17% Little Boy (2015) " The film has a good cast, and is competently made in a plain-vanilla way, but its greatest appeal will be to those who share its endorsement of traditional religious values. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/4 91% Lambert & Stamp (2015) " A vital and untethered account of one of the prime bands of its era, along with a revealing portrait of that era. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/4 97% An Honest Liar (2015) " A worthwhile portrayal of an intelligent and skilled old-school conjuror who can look the audience in the eye and say, "I'm a deceiver and I'm going to deceive you," and then do just that. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 19, 2015
2/4 93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) " The real problem with the film is a gradual mood switch that, for me, didn't work at all. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3/4 98% Paddington (2015) " It might even boost the market for marmalade. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 15, 2015
3/4 76% Beloved Sisters (2015) " If more historical movies were like Beloved Sisters, the term "costume drama" would be less of an insult. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 9, 2015
3/4 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " Pavich shows us many images from the storyboard, and even treats some to a simple form of animation to suggest how the movie might have looked. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 4, 2015
2/4 54% Pioneer (2014) " Skjoldbjaerg is unable to make us care as much as we should, and gives the film a kind of muddy look that translates directly into the viewer's mood. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 18, 2014
2/4 50% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) " Mainly for "Night at the Museum" diehards. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 18, 2014
2/4 73% Point and Shoot (2014) " You could look at the movie simply as a remarkable adventure tale, but if there's a larger point, it's not crystal clear. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3/4 71% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) " Directors Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith keep up a headlong pace -- if one joke or sight gag misfires, there'll be another one soon. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 26, 2014
3/4 71% Plot for Peace (2014) " Not everyone is an unalloyed fan of Ollivier, but it's hard not to admire his effectiveness. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 6, 2014
3/4 91% Art and Craft (2014) " A droll documentary that may remind you of Errol Morris' work. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 2, 2014
4/4 95% Last Days in Vietnam (2014) " A film of great sadness, but also a galvanizing depiction of heroism. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/4 99% Starred Up (2014) " Director David Mackenzie has empathy for the characters, but also knows how to ratchet up the tension and make the scene of mayhem pack a wallop. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/4 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " Neeson has so much audience good will at this point that he (almost) can do no wrong. He's very good as Scudder, and with luck (and good box office), this could be the start of a series. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 18, 2014
2/4 41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) " "This Is Where I Leave You" isn't a disaster, but it's hellbent on playing safe, and leaves a good comic cast high and dry. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3/4 59% My Old Lady (2014) " "My Old Lady" is affecting, even if many of the revelations and high-voltage speeches occur at predictable moments. But if you can look past this formulaic side, it's a movie worth seeing. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 11, 2014
2/4 7% The Identical (2014) " The filmmakers use such a straight-laced and schmaltzy approach that "The Identical" might as well be a Hallmark TV movie. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 4, 2014
3/4 65% The Notebook (2014) " By the end, you may feel exhausted by the parade of horrors. But veteran Hungarian director János Szász has the courage of his convictions, refusing to provide breathing room or false optimism. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 4, 2014
3/4 94% Love Is Strange (2014) " See "Love Is Strange" for its sensitivity and understated jokes, but mainly for Lithgow and Molina's expertly modulated work, which pulls the movie back when it threatens to stray into melodrama or heavy-handedness. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 28, 2014
1/4 36% If I Stay (2014) " Moretz is an appealing young woman whose star is rising. She'll probably have an exceptional career, but "If I Stay" won't be a highlight. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 57% Finding Fela! (2014) " For all his strangeness, Fela had a captivating side, and his music could be riveting. That's why the film disappoints - a movie about such a man as this ought to be more exciting. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3/4 73% Alive Inside (2014) " The movie is at its best when documenting the reactions of various patients, which in some cases is nearly miraculous. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/4 85% Korengal (2014) " The film is a tribute to the courage, tenacity and sorrow of the men with their boots on the ground in a place very far away. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 77% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " You may relish the gossipy, dishy stuff Myers serves up. For a while, you can feel like a part of the golden circle. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " It's impossible not to root for these appealing if flawed youngsters. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 81% Fed Up (2014) " It's a decent summary of the issue, taking square aim at corporations and politicians who have made it easy for the citizenry to stuff its collective face with junk food and, even more damaging, sugar. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 29, 2014
4/4 96% Ida (2014) " The Polish drama "Ida" is a rarity, a film both intensely grounded in painful historical reality and genuinely otherworldly. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 29, 2014
2/4 94% The Dance of Reality (2014) " It may hold some interest to cinephiles as a relic of a kind of extravagant, overheated personal cinema that doesn't exist anymore. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 29, 2014
2/4 18% Tasting Menu (2014) " This particular souffle is both overbaked and underseasoned. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 96% Blue Ruin (2014) " The filmmaker works with economy and has a knack for creating a sense of foreboding, which is good because the plot is simply a working out of the old saw that violence begets violence. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 1, 2014
3/4 75% Teenage (2014) " Wolf's sympathy for youth movements compensates for the distraction of the new scenes, and the fascinating old footage seals the deal. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/4 77% Watermark (2014) " It relies heavily on visuals and offers minimal context. The project has a pro-environment feeling, which comes across implicitly, not through browbeating or preaching. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/4 94% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " The film functions best as an introduction to her work, which is what matters, and an invitation to see more of it, which is highly recommended. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 88% Le Week-End (2014) " This film doesn't feel obliged to pick a winner or lob easy answers; it aims to observe, with humor and humanity, with penetration and without oversimplifying. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 95% Particle Fever (2014) " Even if you can't explain the Standard Model or define "supersymmetry," you'll walk away with a conviction that you've vicariously participated in a historic event. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/4 69% Visitors (2014) " Reggio has talked about his movies as attempts to bypass the intellect, a "visceral form of cinema" that's "aimed at your solar plexus." But you may experience "Visitors" as more of a sedative than a punch in the guts. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3/4 100% 7 Boxes (2014) " There's no subtlety here - coincidences are wildly abundant - but with this kind of vitality, who cares? Sit back and be carried away by the extended tracking shots and bam-bam editing. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/4 81% If You Build It (2014) " [Creadon] probably errs on the side of advocacy here. But give him credit for acknowledging that idealistic endeavors don't always pay off. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2/4 47% The Pretty One (2014) " "The Pretty One" is a movie with a few touching moments and others that prompt eye rolls. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2/4 91% Omar (2014) " The virtues of "Omar," a thriller about the Palestinian conflict, are overshadowed by a one-sided political message. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3/4 87% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " [Kore-eda] pokes some fun at class differences, but his overall aim is serious - we get a powerful sense of how unsettling it would be to live through such a wrenching event. Remarkably, he conveys this with charm and restraint. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/4 91% 12 O'clock Boys (2014) " The film's implication, that the rides need to be curtailed, seems obvious; and I can't help thinking that Nathan realizes this, but stops short. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3/4 93% A Touch of Sin (2013) " Jia is passionate about his characters, but that never compromises his considerable artistic control. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 2, 2014
2/4 65% Reaching for the Moon (2013) " Despite its worthy subject, this feature by veteran Brazilian director Bruno Barreto has a bluntness that's at odds with Bishop's personality and work. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 27, 2013
3/4 100% Sweet Dreams (2013) " An uplifting tale from Rwanda? It's a startling idea, but here it is, in the form of "Sweet Dreams," a documentary about a group of Rwandan women trying to put the nation's horrific recent past behind them. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 5, 2013
2/4 81% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " It's the story of a young married couple undone by a family tragedy, but the film loses its way, at one point turning into a political harangue. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3/4 60% Ender's Game (2013) " There are times when a certain grimness weighs on the movie that you wish for more humor. But overall it's an absorbing and thought-provoking spectacle. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 18, 2013
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